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Microsoft shows the new Surface Pro X

by on02 October 2019

Powered by Microsoft SQ1, Qualcomm's custom SoC

In addition to the new Surface Pro 7, which is described by the company as the best in the class and the most versatile 2-in-1 you can buy, Microsoft has also unveiled the new ultra-mobile Surface Pro X, powered by Microsoft SQ1 processor, a custom SoC designed by Qualcomm with 2 teraflops of GPU power.

Measuring at 287x208x7.3mm (11.3x8.2x0.28-in) and tipping the scales at 774g (1.7 lbs), without the Type Cover, the Surface Pro X has a 13-inch PixelSense Display with 2880x1920 resolution (267PPI), 3:2 aspect ratio, and 450 nits of brightness. Microsoft was keen to note that the screen has 33 percent thinner bezels, which allowed them to put a 13-inch edge-to-edge screen in the chassis of a 12-inch device.

While there is no precise information regarding the custom Microsoft SQ1 SoC, designed by Qualcomm, we do know it is the first 3GHz ARM processor with 2 TFLOPs of graphics power thanks to Adreno 685 GPU. The custom SoC should be similar to Qualcomm's 8CX, which has a 4+4 Kryo 495 CPU design, and Adreno 680 GPU, pumping out just over 1.8 TFLOPs. The SQ1 also packs Snapdragon X24 LTE modem, just like the 8CX, which can be paired up with Snapdragon X55 modem for 5G. 

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The Microsoft SQ1 will be paired up with 8GB or 16GB of LPDDR4x-3733 RAM, as well as 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB of SSD storage.

The rest of the hardware includes 5-megapixel front-facing camera with 1080p FHD video, 10-megapixel rear camera with autofocus and 4K video recording, dual far-field Studio Mics and 2W stereo speakers. In addition to 4G LTE, it also has 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0, A-GPS and GLONASS, all the usual sensors like accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, and ambient light sensor.

The Surface Pro X runs on Windows 10 OS, and comes with an optional Surface Pro X Signature Keyboard which includes pen docking for the new Slim Pen, which also charges it.

The Surface Pro X should be available for pre-order as of today with a starting price of $999.

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